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Inflammation and obesity linked again


Regular readers of the Optimal Body Weight News & Reviews column may remember articles on the Zone Diet and the Perricone Weight Loss Diet, where the authors of these anti-inflammatory diets explained that obesity and inflammation go hand in hand. There may be differences in interpretation as to how it comes about, and the best approach to address it; but they both recognize the link between inflammation and obesity.

In both of these books, links between obesity and a number of diseases, including general fatigue, headaches, cancers and arthritis are also highlighted. Please note that while these two (Zone and Perricone) diets are discussed in this article about the link between inflammation and obesity, they are not necessarily the only two anti-inflammatory diets on the market, merely two of the more well-known weight loss programs focused on inflammation.

Now, it appears that a new study published in the April 2009 issue of “Cell Metabolism” may support at least some of these claims. While this study does not even touch on the effectiveness of any of the anti-inflammatory diets with regards to weight loss, it found clear evidence that an inflammatory chemokine (structurally related signaling proteins that are secreted by cells) called “CXCL5” rises and falls with obesity and subsequent weight loss in humans, and of course…mice.

This same inflammatory factor was already linked in previous studies to several diseases, including pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and arthritis. Now that it is also so clearly linked to obesity, it is also very likely that it may be responsible for insulin resistance that accompanies obesity.
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An overview of the Zone Diet

Dr Barry Sears, a biochemist, first popularized the Zone diet in his 1995 book, “The Zone”. While this diet has not been developed specifically for weight loss, it is probably more well-known for its weight loss benefits than for any of the other advantages it promises, all thanks to solid media exposure. The popularity of this diet reached its peak in the late 1990s, slipped a bit, and then made a comeback recently following the endorsements of Hollywood A-listers and models such as Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sandra Bullock and Cindy Crawford.

The Zone diet is often classified as a low-carb diet, but Dr Sears describes it as a moderate carb, moderate fat, and moderate protein diet, and regards it as superior to low-carb diets due to the improved hormonal responses. He goes on to say that the Zone diet can not be regarded as a protein rich diet since you never consume more low-fat protein during any meal than you can fit on the palm of your hand.

Many scientific studies are finding that weight management is a lot more complex than simply balancing calorie intake and calorie usage. The Zone approach suggests that inflammation precedes obesity. If that is true, any obesity problem can only be addressed by resolving the underlying inflammation.
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